Do you struggle to wake up early? Does the thought of an early morning workout session make your cringe? I understand. I’ve never been a morning person, and I never thought I would be. Then I married a morning person, so my thoughts on that have…let’s say shifted!
I’ve grown accustomed to waking up earlier and taking on my day. I love being able to complete a big project by lunch and having my evening to relax and unwind with my husband. I’m definitely still a work in progress. There are a few things that have helped me transition from the life of a night owl. Here are 6 things I do to make sure that I have a productive morning.
Prepare the Night Before
Remember how you felt before the first day of school? You had your whole outfit laid out, your breakfast planned, and your shoes by the door ready to take on the new school year. Since you were prepared, you were able to get out of the house with ease. All because you didn’t have to look for your lunchbox or fumble through your closet looking for something to wear. Everything you needed for the day was in it’s the proper place.
We need to keep that same energy as adults! Even though most of us are working from home, we can still prepare for our days ahead of time. Pick out your loungewear look for the day and write down what you’d like to do before lunch. Prep your favorite breakfast for easy access after you get your morning started. Having a good idea of what your morning will look like gives you something to look forward to. Little things like this help me leave the covers quicker!
Get a Good Night’s Rest
My husband is one of the most sleeping people that I know. He lays down, takes a deep breath, and he’s out like a light. I have to have borderline perfect conditions before I can even think about sleeping. Getting the proper amount of rest is important for me to make sure that I have a good day. We can’t be at our best unless we get our rest! Even if you struggle to fall asleep early like me, you can give yourself a deadline for when you have to be in bed.
Create a nighttime routine that lets your body know it times for bed. Whether that’s limiting screentime for an hour before bed, reading a book, or having a cup of tea. I try to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. I use the sleep cycle app and my fitbit to track my sleeping habits and quality of sleep. I even adjust my morning routine based on the amount of sleep I got the night before. There’s nothing like waking up rested and ready to take on the day.
Take Time for Gratitude
I got my first gratitude journal a few years ago after graduating from college. That gratitude journal changed my life. The topics were pretty simple: focus on three things you’re grateful for, wins for the day, losses for the day, and what I hoped to learn. It was also the perfect place to write down notes and lessons learned from whatever devotional I was reading. It gave me the space to focus on my blessings instead of my wants and it helped me start my day on a positive note.
I love to partner my moments of gratitude with prayer and devotionals that focus on my favorite scriptures. Those scriptures are the affirmations that I speak over myself and my loved ones and it helps me set my intentions for the day.
Find a gratitude practice that works for you! If you love devotionals like me one of my good blogger friends Jazmyn Anderson from a Daily Dose of Luxury wrote a blog post “8 Devotionals Every Entrepreneur Needs to Read.”
There’s nothing that gets your blood moving like a morning workout. If you’re a morning person then you try to go on a run or hit a morning class before the start of your day. For the rest of us, we’ll be lucky to make it to the yoga mat. I do try to stretch before getting my day started. According to healthline, working out in the morning can elevate your mood, increase your focus, and boost your energy levels. Set a positive tone at the start of your day with some quiet time and a nice workout.
Have a Good (Distraction-Free) Breakfast
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. According to Rush.edu, breakfast actually helps jumpstart your metabolism. I’ve been a breakfast person and I’ve skipped breakfast in the past and I always feel better with something on my stomach at the start of the day.
Hubs and I are participating in a smoothie cleanse where we start the day off with a smoothie packed with fruits and veggies. It’s light but nutritious. Don’t feel like you have to have a full southern spread, make sure it’s something that can fuel you for the morning.
Knock Your Hardest Project Out by Lunch
I’m sure you’d have one of those days where you have morning meetings and before you know it, it’s lunchtime and you’ve accomplished nothing. You end up going to lunch feeling guilty for your unproductive morning and work for the rest of the day trying to make it up.
Mattie James always tells us to “David our Goliath” before lunchtime. This means that you should try to tackle the hardest thing on your to-do list by lunch. What does this do? It boosts your confidence because you’re able to cross a tough project off of your to-do list. As a result, you can enter into the afternoon feeling productive. This sets you up for a successful second half of the day!
If you’re a night owl like me and struggle to be productive during the day, I hope I provided you with some tips to help you. Are you looking for a template to get you started? Here’s what a productive morning looks like for me!
6:00 AM Wake Up
6:05-7:00 AM Prayer, Moments of Gratitude and Devotionals
7:05-7:30 AM Workout/Stretch
7:30-8:00 AM Shower and Skincare Routine
8:00-8:20 AM Breakfast
8:25-9:00 AM Catch Up on Emails
9:00 – 11:00 AM Hardest Project of the Day
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM First Break of the Day (Watch or read something inspiring)
What are some of your favorite tips for being productive in the morning?